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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Sorry to dissapoint, but this has nothing to do with the recent plague of trolls around our forest.

Just got the call late last night to confirm that my son has formally passed Ranger School in Florida and will be reciveing his Ranger Tab this Friday at Ft. Benning, GA. Pardon me, but for those of you who know what's involved in that school you will understand why I am so proud right now and bragging to anyone I can find. I want to be sure and send a thank you out to those of you who have shown nothing but support for my son over the past couple of years (especially during his tour in Iraq). We aren't sure what the rest of his tour in the military holds in store, although at least one more trip back to the raging disaster in Iraq is all but assured, but we do know that right now my wife and I are still a little stunned that our kid has just finished something that very few of us ever could.
I was choosing between the 11/4/77 Colgate and 10/29/77 U. of N. Illinois Eyes. Although performed only less than a week apart, they are almost two different songs, one slow and sweet, the other full of energy and wild abandon. Well, normally I go with the mellow choice, but this morning the high-speed juggernaut that is Colgate is my choice. Goes perfectly with how I'm feeling right now.

PS. If the assorted bringers of negativity and ill-will wish to comment on this, go right ahead, I'm too happy to be annoyed by any dumb-fuck comments today.


This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-09-24 14:55:34

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it

Congrats to your son and your family. That really is an amazing feat. I hope he stays out of harms way while protecting what is so dear to the rest of us.

I too favor 10/29 but would never question anyone's decision to listen to Colgate. Enjoy!!

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Sep 24, 2007 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Hey Patrick, CONGRATS Man. I know you and the misses are really proud of your boy. So are we all. A special thank you
to him and to you for raising such a fine American Patriot of a Man! May God Bless Him and always keep him safe.
May the four winds blow him safley home!!!!

This post was modified by WHARFRAT on 2007-09-24 21:43:16

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Poster: Larree Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Congrats to you, your son, your whole family, and may he stay safe and contribute to future peace in the world as we all get through this obstacle. My first show: 11-20-1971. May I recommend 2-26-77 and 2-27-77 for a great back-to-back thrill ride? Peace!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Sep 24, 2007 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

An achievement that would make any father beam with pride, as well you should! You're well aware, I'm sure, that your friends here are very happy for you and for the Ranger.

Don't fall into the same I trap I did over the weekend, though. Allowing the toads of the short forest to piss you off leads to decidedly irrational behavior, and you may well end up coming off as a deranged lunatic. Like yours truly, you might actually be a deranged lunatic, but there's no need to completely tip your hand that indeed you are. Not unlike the wordsmith told me last night, leave them alone and they'll go home, wagging their spear-ended tails behind them.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Sep 24, 2007 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Grateful congrats to your son and many many thanks to him and his brothers in arms.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it

unfortunately, I started posting after you may have mentioned this. Congrats. Being a father of 2 I always love to hear great family stories. Enjoy the Monday

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Sep 24, 2007 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Sorry, didn't mean to jump over your post. not even sure how i did it.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 24, 2007 8:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Don't sweat it. Any time you edit one of your posts (as long as it is the first in a thread) it automatically goes to the head of the line. I know over at the Hook, any time you reply to a thread, regardless of where, it goes to the top. Only way here is to edit the first post.
Again, no worries at all.

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: Sep 24, 2007 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

many many congrats to you and your son!

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it

All the best to your family, now and for always.

In honor, I am going to let 10/29/77 remind me of my brother Jeff, who turns 33 today. He took me to my first Dead show and 100 or so other fantastic live shows. This music makes the 11,000 miles seem so close.

Thanks for sharing.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 24, 2007 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: congratulations to your son

Patrick ... wonderful news about your son and congratulations to him on a well-earned accomplishment! I know that you must be quite proud of him, and that is a gift that never fails to reward. Best of luck to both him and you!

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Poster: patkelley Date: Sep 24, 2007 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Sounds great for your son. Is Ranger school where you learn how to jump out of planes, or is it flying planes?

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 24, 2007 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Jump out of planes and helicopters, down moutain cliffs in the dark, off Zodiacs into the swamp, etc. Rangers kind of do it all and are the folks usually sent to the worst areas. They were formally organized in WWII and were the unlucky SOB's who were tasked with scaling a vertical cliff during the Normandy invasion to knock out a strategic piece of German artillery, all the while being shot at from the top of the cliff. Rangers were also the unfortunate folks caught in the cluserfuck in Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down)

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Sep 24, 2007 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

As the father of two wonderful boys, I understand your pride and happiness in your son, so I'd like to add my congratulations to your son on completing his course and wish him all the best for the rest of his tour. For those like me who are not up to speed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranger_School

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Poster: latebutdeadicated Date: Sep 24, 2007 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Congratulations SDH!!!!

Not much else matters when our kids succeed.

Best wishes to your entire family.

I always love that 10-29-77!!!! Whao Whoooooooooo!!!!!!

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Poster: svengun Date: Sep 24, 2007 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

SDH,

Even though your son is still in the Army - tell him (and your whole family) Thank you for your service to our country! Pass on good luck for his time in the sandbox.

Rob

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Poster: wineland Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it

Congrats to your son SDH. What an incredible achievement!

Just started up Colgate in celebration for your family. Here's the link for those who aren't in the know, this is one hot show:

SBD
http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-11-04.sbd.unknown.2595.sbeok.shnf

AUD
http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-11-04.moore.jupile-weiner.15208.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 24, 2007 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

havent been online all day, but just saw this. CONGRATS to your son and you, the proud dad Patrick!!!!

Your son has made a remarkable accomplishment and I am proud that he is serving in the greatest military on earth, protecting me and my girls. I hope both he and you know how much what he is doing means to every "real American!

God Bless and protect him - and nice job man raising a true patriot!!

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Sep 24, 2007 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

I was an 11B grunt myself once upon a time and very much recognize how much of an achievement it is for your son. You have to be considered pretty exceptional to even be accepted for training--and have to prove that you are even more so if you're going to survive & pass the course.

Your pride has always been evident and well-deserved, SDH. My congratulations to he & his dad.

Peace.

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it

Although I was an 11B grunt, I did not got to Ranger School. Had some friends go and I do know how much of a challenge the school is. I am proud along with you for your sons accomplishment.
HUAH

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 24, 2007 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

Big Congratulations to your Son!!!! I've got 4 daughters so I know a little about being a proud papa. My 14 year old has already mentioned the Coast Guard Acadamy and I told her if she wants it to go for it and I would support her 100%

Congrats and good luck to you and yours!!

P.S. Love the Colgate 77 - had a cassette tape 20+ years ago and recently 'rediscovered' the show.

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Poster: nagdot Date: Sep 24, 2007 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it; AND Non-Combative so still screw it - too happy to be pissed off

thanx for allowing your son to fight for all of our freedoms. good to know im protected. peace

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 24, 2007 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead, but screw it

I remember when you posted up a photograph of you and your son at the airport, him looking damn smart in his uniform and you looking damned proud, as I recall. I bet you're just absolutely bursting with it today. Congratulations to your son for being a very fine young man, and congratulations to you for being a hell of a good dad.